Wines of Place – Sparkle More
A landmark California estate winery and château, Domaine Carneros is renowned as a small grower-producer of méthode traditionelle sparkling and estate Pinot Noir.
We are winegrowers dedicated to crafting wine that expresses our unique Carneros terroir. Domaine Carneros farms 6 ranches in the Carneros AVA, and all of them are within 4 miles of the Chateau. Our Estate Vineyards now total 400 acres, 250 acres devoted to Pinot Noir and 150 acres planted to Chardonnay.
The Carneros, Spanish for ‘ram’, spans the cool, southern ends of both Napa Valley and Sonoma county. Characterized by a long, moderately cool growing season sweetened by the breezes and lingering fog of the San Pablo Bay, temperatures in this American viticultural area (AVA) are slightly cooler than Burgundy, yet slightly warmer than Champagne. As such, Carneros provides optimum conditions for the slow, even ripening of and perfect balance in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes – the principal grapes in champagne and fine sparkling wine.
Situated in the very heart of the region, the Domaine Carneros estate encompasses 400 acres in six separate sites. We are the only sparkling wine producer to use Carneros grapes exclusively.